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Information about Kamikaze West Airfield

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Type
Tourist Attraction
Location
Kamikaze West Airfield, Prince Balagtas Avenue, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines
Distance From City Center
2.7 km
Family Friendly
Yes
Average rating
4.4
Number of reviews
19

Kamikaze West Airfield

Kamikaze West Airfield used to be the birthplace of the fleet of World War II fighter pilots (collectively called kamikaze) in Pampanga. Located in Mabalacat City, the airbase is a reminder of historical events during the Japanese occupation. 

 

History

Kamikaze West Airfield, also known as Mabalacat West Airfield, was constructed by the Japanese in March 1944. It started its operation in October 1944 after a kamikaze unit in Mabalacat was organized. 

It was where the first kamikaze squadron led by Lt. Yukio Seki took off on October 21, 1944 to attack United States Naval forces east of the Philippines. 

The last kamikaze sortie from this airfield took off on January 6 1945 and attacked the US forces in Lingayen Gulf. 

The last flight from this airbase took off when two evacuation planes loaded with classified kamikaze documents and personnel made a low-flying escape to Taiwan. Those who were left behind fought for the defense of the entire Clark Air Base against US forces. 

The West Kamikaze Airfield was finally captured by Americans from Japanese on January 26, 1945. US soldiers used the site as an ammunition dump. 

The monument at Kamikaze West Airfield, built by Clark Development Corp, was inaugurated in October 2004.

 

Features 

The West Kamikaze Airfield draws present-day Japanese and peace advocates from all over the world to know more about the courageous young pilots who fought in World War II and the shared history between Japan and the Philippines. 

It has an informative memorial and description plaque. Its inscription reads: “Airfield where Kamikaze Special Attacks Corps aircraft first took off in World War II.”

Visitors can enter a kamikaze tunnel situated in the hill called “babang dapu” or alligator’s jaw. Constructed as an air raid bunker during deadly US attacks, it is the only known kamikaze tunnel that remained intact after World War II. 

Visitors are respectfully requested to say a prayer for those who departed during the ferocious war.